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Jascha HoffmanGiven the lack of firsthand evidence about Perelman's motives, one could have hoped for a clearer sense of the work he pursued with such devotion. Gessen, herself a "math junkie" in school, confines the math to a single difficult chapter…But she does provide a thorough account of the circumstances that led to Perelman's rise in the "vicious, backstabbing little world" of Soviet mathematics and a brilliant reconstruction of the twisted logic that might have led to his mysterious exit. In so doing she has written something rare: an accessible book about an unreachable man.
—The New York Times